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Design for Sustainability: Current Trends in Sustainable Product Design and Development

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  • Garrette Clark

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    (United Nations Environment Programme, Department of Technology, Industry and Economics, 15 rue Milan, 75441 Cedex 09, Paris, France)

  • Justin Kosoris

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    (United Nations Environment Programme, Department of Technology, Industry and Economics, 15 rue Milan, 75441 Cedex 09, Paris, France)

  • Long Nguyen Hong

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    (Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre, 4th floor, C10 Building, Hanoi University of Technology, DHBKHN, Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi, Vietnam)

  • Marcel Crul

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    (Delft University of Technology, Industrieel Ontwerpen, Room 1A-40, Landbergstraat 15, 2628CE Delft, The Netherlands)

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    Abstract

    The Design for Sustainability (D4S) concept outlines methodologies for making sustainable improvements (social, economic and environmental) to products by applying elements of life cycle thinking. D4S builds on the work of ecodesign to include economic and social concerns, and its methodology includes both incremental and radical innovation. The United Nations Environment Programme and the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in concert with key partners, work to support, illustrate, and diffuse targeted D4S demonstration efforts, including the European Commission-funded Cleaner Production for Better Products project in Vietnam, that are needed to change unsustainable consumption and production patterns.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 409-424

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:3:p:409-424:d:5484

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    Keywords: ecodesign; Cleaner Production; Design for Sustainability; Product-Service Systems; developing countries; D4S; green products; sustainable innovation;

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